SISU Doctor in China Studies(DCS) Arab Program


The Doctor in China Studies Arab Program (DCS) of China-Arab Research Center on Reform and Development offers a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the study of China, relying on Shanghai International Studies University (SISU). During the two-year program design, Arab students will receive a systematic academic training, and go through a comprehensive study of Chinese history and culture, politics and governance, economy, foreign policy and society. 

With strong research background on foreign languages and literatures and political science in SISU, students are offered opportunities to deepen the understanding of China through comparative studies on Chinese and foreign cultures and societies. Upon completion of the program, graduates will earn a doctor's degree, as recognized by China’s Ministry of Education. 

Time of Program and Syllabus

1. Time of Program

The program duration is 3 academic years. Students are supposed to finish their study within this time length. If students fail to finish their learning tasks due to personal or specific reasons, they should make an application first and then extend their study after being approved. The length of extension is usually half a year, in principle the extension period shall not exceed three years and a half including suspending of schooling and retaining status as a student.

2. Requirement for Academic Credits

In order to earn a doctor's degree, students must complete at least 21 credits and other compulsory procedures. The course credits components are as follows: public required course 7 credits, degree core courses at least 2 credits, major-relatedcompulsory course at least 6 credits, major-related optional courses at least 4 credits, and other compulsory procedures including academic reports and other curriculum practice at least 1 credit.

3. Syllabus


4. Dissertation Requirements

Students should make detailed writing plan, and report to professors at regular intervals. Students should spend no less than 10 months on dissertation preparation and writing. Writing time should not be less than 3 semesters. Dissertation should not be less than 100,000 words. Dissertation should meet basic requirements: bright academic opinions, authoritative regimented citations, and well-structured, smooth expression in academic language, no big expression error and so on.

Scholarship Coverage

Full scholarships offered by the government can be applied. More details can be found on the website of the Office of International Student Affairs at

Eligibility, Application Time and Procedure, Required Documents and Contact Information

1. Eligibility

(1) Applicants shall be Non-Chinese citizens in good health who are university postgraduates with master’s degree.

(2) Applicants must have a good command of English, with one of the following: TOEFL IBT (internet based) test result of at least 80 points, TOEFL (computer based) test result of at least 213 points, TOEFL (paper based) test result of at least 550 points, or IELTS test result of at least 6.0.  Applicants with IELTS between 4.5 and 6.0 or equivalent may be admitted conditionally. Conditional students will be required to pass an Entrance Examination in English.

(3) This requirement does not apply to an applicant who has studied for at least two years at, or received a degree from an English speaking high school, college, or university.

(4) Entrance Examination included written and oral test, is held in late May. The exact examination date and place will be informed via e-mail by the Graduate College of SISU.

2. Application DeadlineMay 20, 2019

3. Application Procedure

(1) Complete the online application procedure at CSC Online Application System for International Students (Visit or and click “Application Online” to log in), choose B type of application, and the Agency Number for SISU is 10271, submit the completed Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship online and print a hard copy.

(2) Bind all your application documents (in duplicate) together, then submit to to Office of International Students Affairs, Shanghai International Studies University before the deadline, and send electronic edition of all your application documents to

4. Required Documents (in duplicate)

(1) SISU Application Form (Degree Programs), available at

(2) Diploma and academic record in original or notarized copy in English or Chinese.

(3) Photocopy of HSK certificate or Chinese proficiency certification.*

(4) Student Resume

(5) Personal statement, about 1000 words, written in Chinese or in the language which meets the academic requirement of the program, including study and work experiences, research results and study plan.

(6) The index and abstract of published papers and any other materials to certify your research abilities.

(7) Two original recommendation letters from professor or associate professor in English or Chinese.

(8) Photocopy of passport.

(9) 4 passport photos (in size of 5cm * 4cm).

(10) TOEFL / IELTS certificate or certification from the institution awarding your most recent degree confirming the language of instruction is English.

(11) Application fee: 800 RMB (or 130 USD).

Application fee is non-refundable, payable in cash or by remittance (T/T). Checks are not acceptable. A bank wire or remittance with the student’s name is to be made payable to:

5. Tuition and Fees

6. Contact Information

Office of International Student Affairs

Shanghai International Studies University

Room 202, Teaching Building 2

550 Dalian Road (W), Shanghai 200083, P. R. China

Tel: 86-21-3537296186-21-35372963

Fax: 86-21-65313756


Web Site:

 Applicants with HSK certificate or Chinese proficiency certification should submit.